Writing about The Grapes of Wrath upon its publication in 1939, the New York Times reviewer wrote that "themes of pity and anger, ... styles of sentimental elegy and scarifying denunciation may come to seem representative of our time ...the matter being that the land is no longer free, having been mortgaged, bought and finally bankrupted by a succession of anonymous companies, banks, politicians and courts ... Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” [is] as pitiful and angry a novel ever to be written about America. It is a very long novel, the longest that Steinbeck has written, and yet it reads as if it had been composed in a flash, ripped off the typewriter and delivered to the public as an ultimatum. It is a long and thoughtful novel as one thinks about it. It is a short and vivid scene as one feels it."
Join us for the third in our discussion series on classic American authors. We will next meet on Monday evening, March 27th at 7:00 PM in the boardroom at the Main Library for a book talk led by Library Director Jennifer Harris. Copies of The Grapes of Wrath are now available at the circulation desk. All are welcome!
Curious about the works of John Steinbeck? Click on the book image to view a selected bibliography of his writings with links to titles available through the OCLN catalog. For a printable bibliography of Steinbeck's major works, click here.